Our Careteam

Ally

Veterinary Assistant

Ally was born and raised in Brazil, where her mother bred English cocker spaniels. Ally was always around to help the dogs when they weren’t feeling well, and she developed a natural inclination for animal care early on in life. Ever since she can remember, Ally has wanted to serve pets and their owners as a veterinary professional!

Ally’s animal-care journey began in her teenage years, when she started helping the house-call veterinarian that her mother used in Brazil. Shortly after moving to the United States, Ally signed on at the Las Vegas Animal Shelter as a Kennel Technician, and later was promoted to a Veterinary Assistant position. Now, she’s a Veterinary Assistant with the Creature Comforts Animal Hospital team and couldn’t be happier! Ally is particularly fond of observing surgeries and getting to see unique medical procedures on a regular basis.

An animal-lover through and through, Ally has quite the menagerie of pets at home. She lives with a young Neapolitan Mastiff, a Labrador mix, and an American bulldog. Ally also shares her life with a wide variety of snakes, lizards, invertebrate creatures, and farm animals like chickens, ducks, and quail.

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Christine

Veterinary Assistant

Growing up in Indiana, Christine and her family kept dogs, cats, and exotic pets; it wasn’t hard for her to develop a love for all animals early on in life. As she grew up, Christine’s career choice became obvious: the veterinary profession was the perfect fit!

Christine’s veterinary career began in North Carolina at a small animal clinic, where she learned the basics of her profession. After working at a kennel in Las Vegas for a few months, she arrived here at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital in February of 2014.

Having always been fascinated by science, Christine loves the laboratory side of her work. Running bloodwork and other lab tests is very enjoyable for her, and she’s also fond of performing challenging blood draws. More than anything, though, Christine loves returning a happy, healthy animal to a grateful pet owner—having the opportunity to improve the lives of pets and people every day is something that Christine considers a true honor!

In her free time, Christine loves taking her own dogs, Spade and Diamond, for walks in the park. She also enjoys hiking and training her dogs to be on their best behavior.

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Cole

Veterinary Technician-in-training

Cole’s uncle served as a veterinarian, and she grew up with first-hand insight into the world of animal medicine. She’s always known that she would love to work in the field herself! Cole has been bringing her own pets here to Creature Comforts Animal Hospital for many years, and is thrilled to now serve others’ companions as a member of the hospital team.

A Las Vegas native, Cole first began working in a kennel during her high school years. After earning licenses in cosmetology and massage therapy and exploring those career fields for a time, she made the decision to return to her true passion: veterinary medicine. Cole joined the Creature Comforts Animal Hospital family in September of 2016, and is currently studying veterinary technology in order to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician in the near future!

Here at the clinic, Cole has special passions for dental work (she never tires of comparing the before-and-after photographs!) and reproductive surgeries. She’s also interested in large-animal care, zoo and wildlife medicine, and animal nutrition.

Cole lives with her husband, Sean, and her four young children: Aiden, Lucas, Autumn, and Tyson. She also has a menagerie of pets—the family shares their lives with three dogs named Alice, Cain, and Fate as well as a cockatiel, three cats, and a horse. When she can find a spare moment between her full-time school schedule, work, and family life, Cole enjoys horseback riding and exercising at the gym.

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Denise

Receptionist

Denise has adored the company of animals ever since she can remember, and always wanted to give something back in order to make a difference in the lives of pets. She gets to do just that as a member of the Creature Comforts Animal Hospital team!

Denise is a native of California, and began her veterinary journey there as a receptionist and accountant at a local animal hospital. In early 2001, she was looking for a house here in Las Vegas and happened to pass Creature Comforts Animal Hospital. Denise remembers pointing at the building and proclaiming that she wanted to work here! Two days later, she was hired as a receptionist and has been here ever since.

In her free time, Denise enjoys swimming in her pool, exercising, and spending time with her wonderful grandchildren. She lives with an Australian shepherd mix named Astro and an orange and white tabby cat, Zsa Zsa, who loves sleeping in Denise’s bed.

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Jen

Head Veterinary Technician

Ever since she was a little girl, Jen has tried to save every creature that crossed her path. She was always pulling creatures out of her family pool, and saved everything from stray house pets to insects. Jen has worked in the animal care field since she was 17 years old!

A Las Vegas native, Jen started her animal care career at a local clinic before attending college in southern California. After school, she worked in various practices before becoming a stay-at-home mother for several years. When she decided to rejoin the workforce, Jen came in for an interview here at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital. She’s served as the clinic’s Head Veterinary Technician since the spring of 2005!

Jen considers dentistry work one of the most important parts of her job. She finds it incredibly rewarding to spruce up a pet’s dirty mouth, and is often able to get a pet to eat again just by performing a single dental cleaning!

Jen has two children, Baylee and Brenden, as well as a pit bull named Axle and a pair of pet frogs. In her time away from the clinic, Jen enjoys riding her motorcycle, camping, and spending time with her family and pets.

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Julie

Receptionist

Julie had worked for other veterinary clinics in various states before joining the Creature Comforts Animal Hospital team. None compared to the high-quality care and compassionate staff that she found here! Julie has served as one of the clinic’s receptionists since August of 2001.

Around the clinic, Julie loves working alongside her fellow staff members as part of a well-functioning team. She’s particularly fond of interacting with loving pet owners, and always enjoys greeting a new face. Talking with clients who own desert tortoises is a special favorite of hers!

At home, Julie lives with several pets of her own. She has a dog, Carlin, as well as a cockatiel named Ricky. The animal family is rounded out by six cats: Autumn, Maestro, Ester, Scarlet, Tiger Lilith, and Mama.

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Karen

Receptionist

Before she worked at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital, Karen was a client and brought her own pets here for quality care. She was so impressed with the service she received that she thought she’d apply for a job! Now Karen helps pets and their owners every day as one of the clinic’s receptionists.

Karen grew up in rural Hawaii, where her pet care career began. Since she’d always loved the Southwest, she moved to Nevada to continue her journey in the veterinary profession. Karen’s favorite part of her job is meeting new clients and pets; sharing great pet stories makes every day enjoyable!

A true pet lover, Karen has many animals of her own at home—her furry family consists of a variety of dogs,cats, and guinea pigs! She regularly participates in agility training and nose work with her dogs, and also enjoys reading when she has free time.

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Katherine

Receptionist

Since she was a child, Katherine has been drawn to animals. Her connections with pets brought her much happiness and joy growing up, and she simply couldn’t imagine working in any field other than the animal care profession!

Katherine started as a receptionist in a California animal hospital in 1991, then moved on to an animal shelter in 1996. A few years later, she became the manager! After moving to Las Vegas, Katherine joined the Creature Comforts Animal Hospital family in March of 2014. Here, she loves seeing the joy on pet owners’ faces when their pet is returned to them healthy and happy. Being able to see pets grow and develop over the years is especially rewarding.

Katherine has a grown daughter and three wonderful grandchildren who live in Iowa. At home, Katherine and her boyfriend live with two dogs, Daisy and Teddy.

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Kayle

Veterinary Assistant

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Lisa

Veterinary Technician

Lisa comes from a family of caregivers—her mother was a registered nurse, and her sister attended school to become a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit. Lisa’s own nurturing side always tended to lean toward the animal side of the spectrum, and now she enjoys caring for pets every day as a Veterinary Technician!

Lisa’s veterinary career began in 1997, when she started working in the kennel of a local clinic. She had worked with Dr. Gorman before Creature Comforts Animal Hospital was founded, and when the hospital opened for business, Lisa was more than happy to join the team. She’s been a part of the Creature Comforts family since 2000. Medically, performing diagnostic tests is one of Lisa’s favorite parts of the job. Putting the puzzle pieces together to form a full picture isn’t just a lot of fun—it’s incredibly fulfilling. She also likes making visiting pets feel comfortable in whatever way she can. Lisa and her four young children share their home with five cats and one crazy puppy named Sammich. The cats have even started training Lisa’s one-year-old to hiss and meow!

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Maria

Receptionist

At the age of 17, Maria got her first pet, Rocko. Before him, Maria had never realized just how much unconditional love pets can offer—she was so inspired that she vowed to one day work with animals professionally!

Maria is a native of southern California and joined the Creature Comforts Animal Hospital family in the summer of 2013. She loves the veterinary profession not only because she gets to work around animals every day, but because she gets great satisfaction from providing superb customer service to the pet owners of the area. Maria also loves working alongside her talented and compassionate coworkers on a daily basis.

Maria is a new mother, having recently welcomed her beautiful baby boy into the world. The pair shares their home with two loveable dogs: a pit bull named Khloe and Sophie the poodle.

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Mike

Veterinary Technician

Mike grew up in Tucker County, West Virginia, where his mother ran a kennel and was also involved in the breeding and showing of dogs. For him, animal care is simply second nature! Now Mike serves pets every day as a Licensed Veterinary Technician here at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital.

Mike attended the Pima Medical Institute for his degree in veterinary technology. He completed his externship here at the hospital, then was hired on full-time in November of 2009. His professional interests include anesthesia, abdominal ultrasound, laparoscopy, and echocardiograms.

At home, Mike lives with a Yorkshire terrier named Booth and five uromastyx lizards: Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, Bugsy Siegel, John Gotti, and Whitey Bulger.

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Natalie

Veterinary Technician Assistant

When she was four, Natalie got her first puppy. She always had an intense interest in the dog’s healthcare, and was lucky enough to have a local veterinarian who always made check-ups an interactive experience. As Natalie grew older, her passion for animal care grew with her! Now she’s able to work with pets daily here at Critter Care Animal Hospital.

Natalie is from Kaysville, Utah, and moved to Las Vegas a week before her senior year of high school. After graduating, she began researching veterinary schooling options and came across the PIMA Medical Institute. She signed up and graduated as a Vet Tech Assistant, then secured her first job in the field at another local animal clinic where she started to develop special interests in drawing blood and taking X-rays. Natalie joined the Creature Comforts Animal Hospital family in June of 2015 after being referred by a friend who also works here.

Outside of her interests in the veterinary world, Natalie enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking and swimming in the great outdoors, and caring for her two cats, Sasuke and Yetti.

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Nikki

Veterinary Assistant

As a child, Nikki was constantly bringing home stray or injured animals and nursing them back to health. As she got older, she felt a natural pull toward the veterinary profession! Now, Nikki is following her dreams—she works as a Veterinary Assistant while she studies to become a Veterinary Technician.

A native of Byron Center, Michigan, Nikki became a military police officer after high school, then moved to Las Vegas with her husband after her enlistment ended. In 2013, she started volunteering at a local animal shelter, and began fostering abused and fearful animals shortly afterward. It didn’t take Nikki long to realize that a career in the veterinary world was perfect for her—she signed up at the PIMA Medical Institute, where she’s currently earning her degree in veterinary technology, and was hired here at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital in June of 2015.

Around the hospital, Nikki is a big fan of laboratory work; she loves science, and is fascinated by everything from blood values to microscope work. Most of all, though, Nikki enjoys seeing a beloved pet make a full recovery and go home happy and healthy.

Nikki and her husband, Bryan, live with a pair of rescued dogs. Shing is a Chow mix, and Tanker Boomly is an Australian shepherd mix that the couple adopted when he was only one day old. When she isn’t spending time with her own animals or caring for the pets of Las Vegas here at the clinic, Nikki enjoys playing softball, hiking, and fishing with her husband.

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Sara

Veterinary Assistant, Kennel Assistant

Sara has been passionate about animal care since she was a little girl. Ever since she can remember, she’s had a burning desire to take care of whatever creature crossed her path! Now she gets to do just that as an employee of Creature Comforts Animal Hospital.

A native of Las Vegas, Sara’s veterinary career began at a local grooming shop. She arrived here at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital in 2009 after a friend referred her to the clinic. Her favorite parts of the job are running blood work and interacting with new animal patients.

Sara and her fiancé, Jason, have five pets at home. There are two loveable dogs, Roxy and Jade, as well as a cat named Diamond. Two horses named Jelly Bean and Sweet Pea complete the animal family.

When she isn’t tending to the needs of pets around the clinic or spending time with her own animals, Sara enjoys hiking and trail riding with her fiancé.

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Tayler

Receptionist

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Terri

Senior Veterinary Technician

For as long as she can remember, Terri has known she wanted to work with animals in one way or another. When she discovered that there was special training to become a veterinary technician, she knew she’d found just the thing for her! Now, she’s the Senior Veterinary Technician here at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital.

Originally from California, Terri was raised on a ranch in Washington State. She attended Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Colorado for her degree in veterinary technology, and started working in Oregon after graduating. Terri moved to Arizona in 2000, then started working in Las Vegas in May of that year.

In 2001, Terri joined the Creature Comforts Animal Hospital family. She has a special interest in canine behavior, and loves working with dogs every chance she gets. She also enjoys the variety of cases she sees; any given day, Terri could work with anything from a pot-bellied pig to a baby hummingbird!

Terri keeps several pets of her own at home. She has a Red Heeler, a Blue Heeler, a dachshund/Chihuahua mix, four geckos, and a treat-loving Arabian horse. When she isn’t spending time with her own animals or treating the pets of Las Vegas here at the hospital, Terri enjoys sewing, practicing archery, and making jewelry. She’s also an avid Renaissance Faire fan, and even heads up a guild based out of Colorado!

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